Parents

Return to school Arrangements – September 2021  

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school in September and want to ensure the return to school is as safe as possible. We will continue with many of the changes we put in place in the last year including reduced pupil mixing at break and lunch and continuing the current arrangements for hygiene including cleaning and hand washing. Pupils are not required to wear masks.

Your child needs to have two COVID-19 Tests 

In line with DfE guidance, secondary school pupils are required to test twice on site using Lateral Flow devices before returning to school. We need you to complete a consent form for testing: Please complete the consent form for each child you have at Compass School: Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Online submission) or Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Print and return on the testing day)

Test 1 – Tuesday 31st August

Pupils will not need to be in school uniform.

9:00 a.m. Year 7

10:00 a.m. Year 8

11:15 a.m. Year 9

12:15 a.m. Year 10

2:00 p.m. Year 11

Test 2 – Friday 3rd September

Pupils will need to be in school uniform.

9:00 a.m. Year 7

10:00 a.m. Year 8

11:15 a.m. Year 9

12:15 a.m. Year 10

2:00 p.m. Year 11

Lateral Flow Tests 

This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Pupils can take their own swab under the supervision of staff.

If your child tests negative, they will be able to start school as normal. If a pupil tests positive they will be informed about their results individually and parents or legal guardians notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results.

The start of term 

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd September Staff training days
Friday 3rd September Year 7 Induction from 8:40 a.m. – 2 p.m
Monday 7th September All pupils return at 8:40 a.m

For all term dates for 2021-22 click here

The School Day 2021 

All pupils enter via the main gate which opens at 8:30 am and pupils must all be on site by 8:40 am. Year 7 and 8 will exit via the football pitch exit and 9-11 via the main exit.

Year 7, 8 and 9

  • School ends Monday to Wednesday at 3:35 pm, and then 2:40 pm Thursday and Friday. (Triple Science pupils end 3.35 Thursday)

Year 10

  • School ends Monday to Wednesday at 3:35 pm
  • School ends Thursday and Friday at 2:40 pm (Triple Science pupils end 3.35 Thursday)

Year 11

  • School ends Monday and Tuesday at 4:30
  • School ends Wednesday to Friday at 3:35

For more school day information click here

Key information and forms

  1. Getting school ready – Behaviour & Attendance Handbook 2021
  2. How to carry out your test information leaflet
  3. Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Online submission)
  4. Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Print and return on the testing day)

About the tests

  • This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
  • Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Pupils can take their own swab under the supervision of staff.
  • We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
  • Testing is offered free of charge.
  • If your child tests negative, they will be able to start school as normal from Wednesday 10th March.
  • If a pupil tests positive they will be informed about their results individually and parents or legal guardians notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results.

If you are happy for your child to be tested, please fill in the consent form above or you may prefer to hand in a paper copy on day of testing.